Tag: Emperor Breams (Lethrinidae)

The family of Emperor Breams, also known simply as "Emperors" or "Pig-Face Breams" are a group of Benthic feeding species, usually found on sandy bottomed areas on the outside of reefs.

They feed primarily on invertibrates and small fish, although some species have molar-like teeth which allow them to eat shelled molluscs and crabs.

Although similar in appearance to some species of Snapper (Lutjanidae), most Emperor species can usually be identified by their more elongated face.

The family of Emperor Breams, also known simply as "Emperors" or "Pig-Face Breams" are a group of Benthic feeding species, usually found on sandy bottomed areas on the outside of reefs.

They feed primarily on invertibrates and small fish, although some species have molar-like teeth which allow them to eat shelled molluscs and crabs.

Although similar in appearance to some species of Snapper (Lutjanidae), most Emperor species can usually be identified by their more elongated face.

Alan's picture
Longfin Emperor (Lethrinus Erythropterus) 1

This usually timid Longfin Emperor (Lethrinus Erythropterus) came just close enough to get a reasonable photo.
All of the distinguishing features of this species can be clearly seen in this photo ie:

Rusty/brown overall colour
Double white bars on the caudal peduncle
Red line from the eye to the snout
Red marking at the base of the pectoral fin
Yellowish markings around the face area